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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• What do ETL tools do?

• Why use an ETL tool?

• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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What do ETLs tool do?

An ETL tool is a tool that:

• Extracts data from various data sources (usually legacy)


• Transforms data
• from -> being optimized for transaction

to -> being optimized for reporting and analysis


• synchronizes the data coming from different databases
• data cleanses to remove errors

• Loads data into a data warehouse

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• What do ETL tools do?

• Why use an ETL tool?

• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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Why use an ETL tool?

ETL tools save time and money when developing a data


warehouse by removing the need for “hand-coding”.

“Hand Coding” is still the most common way of integrating data


today. It requires hours and hours of development and expertise
to create a Business-Intelligence-System.

It is very difficult for data base administrators to connect


between different brands of databases without using an external
tool.

In the event that databases are altered or new databases need


to be integrated, a lot of “hand-coded” work needs to be
completely redone.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Pentaho Kettle
• Talend
• Informatica PowerCenter
• Inaplex Inaport
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Pentaho Kettle
• Talend
• Informatica PowerCenter
• Inaplex Inaport
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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ETL Tools
Pentaho Kettle

• Pentaho is a commercial open-source BI suite that has a


product called Kettle for data integration.
• It uses an innovative meta-driven approach and has a strong
and very easy-to-use GUI
• The company started around 2001
• It has a strong community of 13,500 registered users
• It uses a stand-alone java engine that process the tasks for
moving data between many different databases and files

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Pentaho Kettle
• Talend
• Informatica PowerCenter
• Inaplex Inaport
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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ETL Tools
Talend

• Talend is an open-source data integration tool


• It uses a code-generating approach and uses a GUI
(implemented in Eclipse RC)
• It started around October 2006
• It has a much smaller community then Pentaho, but is
supported by 2 finance companies
• It generates Java code or Perl code which can later be run
on a server

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Pentaho Kettle
• Talend
• Informatica PowerCenter
• Inaplex Inaport
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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ETL Tools
Informatica PowerCenter

• Informatica has a very good commercial data integration suite


• It was founded in 1993
• It is the market share leader in data integration (Gartner
Dataquest)
• It has 2600 customers. Of those, there are fortune 100
companies, companies listed on the Dow Jones and government
organization
• The company's sole focus is data integration
• It has quite a big package for enterprises to integrate their
systems, cleanse their data and can connect to a vast number of
current and legacy systems

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Pentaho Kettle
• Talend
• Informatica PowerCenter
• Inaplex Inaport
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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ETL Tools
Inaplex Inaport

• Inaplex is a small UK company


• InaPlex is a producer of Customer Data Integration products
for mid-market CRM solutions
• Inaplex mainly focuses on providing simple solutions for it’s
customers to integrate their data into CRM and accounting
software like Sage and Goldmine

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
ETL Tool Comparison Chart
Pentaho Informatica Inaplex
Talend
Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

Cost

Risk

Ease of Use

Support

Deployment

Speed

Data Quality

Monitoring

Connectivity

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Total Cost of Ownership

Total Cost of Ownership means the


over all cost for a certain product.

This can mean initial ordering, licensing


servicing, support, training, consulting,
and any other additional payments that
need to be made before the product is
in full use.

Commercial Open Source products are typically free to use, but the support,
training and consulting are what companies need to pay for.

Pentaho Informatica Inaplex


Talend Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Risk
There are always risks with projects, especially big projects.

The risks for projects failing are:


• Going over budget
• Going over schedule

• Not completing the requirements or expectations of the customers

Open Source products have much lower risk then Commercial ones since
they do not restrict the use of their products by pricey licenses.

Pentaho Informatica Inaplex


Talend
Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Ease of Use

All of the ETL tools, apart from Inaport, have GUI to simplify the
development process. Having a good GUI also reduces the time to train
and use the tools.

Talend – Does have a GUI but is an add-on inside Eclipse RC.

Pentaho Kettle – Has the most easy to use GUI out of all the tools.
Training can also be found online or within the community.

Informatica PowerCenter – Has an easy to use GUI, but requires some


training to make full use of it.

Inaplex Inaport – Does not have a “drag and drop” GUI.

Talend Pentaho Informatica Inaplex


Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Support

Nowadays, all software products have support and all of the ETL tool
providers offer support.

Talend – Offers support, but mainly resides in the US.

Pentaho Kettle – Offers support from US, UK and has a partner consultant
in Hong Kong.

Informatica PowerCenter – Offers world-wide support.

Inaplex Inaport – Offers support, but mainly resides in the UK.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Deployment
Talend – Creates a java file or perl file that can be run with an external
scheduler on any machine with very little resource.
Recommended one 1Ghz CPU and 512mbs ram

Pentaho Kettle – Is a stand-alone java engine that can run on any machine
that can run java. Needs an external scheduler to run automatically.
It can be deployed on many different machines and used as “slave servers” to
help with transformation processing.
Recommended one 1Ghz CPU and 512mbs ram

Informatica PowerCenter – Requires a server with platforms: Windows,


Solaris, HP-UX, IBM-UX, Redhat, SUSE linux.
Recommended to use two CPUs with 1Gb ram for Standard Edition Server

Inaplex Inaport – Can run on any windows platform that has .NET 2.0 installed
Recommended one CPU with 50mbs ram.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Speed
The speed of ETL tools depends largely on the data that needs to be
transferred over the network and the processing power involved in
transforming the data.

Talend – Is slower then Pentaho. It requires manual tweaking and prior


knowledge of the specific data source to reduce network traffic and
processing.

Pentaho Kettle – Is faster then Talend, but the Java-connector slows it


down somewhat. Also requires manual tweaking like Talend. Can be
clustered by placed on many machines to reduce network traffic.

Informatica PowerCenter – Is the fastest tool. It has an advanced


“PushDown” option that localizes transformation tasks depending on how
busy the machine is.

Inaplex Inaport – does not use any special techniques to improve speed.
Talend Pentaho Informatica Inaplex
Kettle PowerCenter Inaport
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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Data Quality

Data Quality is fast becoming the most important feature in any data
integration tool.

Talend – has DQ features in its GUI, allows for customized SQL


statements and by using Java.

Pentaho – has DQ features in its GUI, allows for customized SQL


statements, by using JavaScript and Regular Expressions. It also has some
additional modules after subscribing.

Informatica PowerCenter – does not have that many DQ features, but there
is another product called Informatica Data Quality which has many DQ
features.

Inaplex Inaport – does have DQ features. Because of the very specific data
that Inaport can integrate, it is relatively easy to clean that data.
Pentaho Informatica Inaplex
Talend Kettle PowerCenter Inaport
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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Monitoring

Monitoring allows to find problems and debug them during and after the
development stage.

Talend – has practical monitoring tools and logging.

Pentaho Kettle – has practical monitoring tools and logging.

Informatica PowerCenter – has extensive monitoring tools and logging.

Inaplex Inaport - has practical monitoring tools and logging.

Pentaho Informatica Inaplex


Talend Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• ETL Tools Comparison Chart
• Total Cost of Ownership
• Risk
• Ease of Use
• Support
• Deployment
• Speed
• Data Quality
• Monitoring
• Connectivity
• Use Cases
• Conclusion
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Comparison
Connectivity

In most cases, ETL tools transfer data from legacy systems. Their connectivity
is very important to the usefulness of the ETL tools.

Talend – Can connect to all the current databases, flat files, xml files, excel
files and web services, but is reliant on Java drivers to connect to those data
sources.

Pentaho Kettle – Can connect to a very wide variety of databases, flat files,
xml files, excel files and web services.

Informatica PowerCenter – Can connect to a huge number of databases,


mainframes, flat files, excel files and web services. It can also export as a web
service.

Inaplex Inaport – Can connect to any ODBC (windows) connection. It usually


gets its data from current databases, outlook, ACT and excel files.
Pentaho Informatica Inaplex
Talend Kettle PowerCenter Inaport
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Comparison
ETL Tool Comparison Chart
Pentaho Informatica Inaplex
Talend
Kettle PowerCenter Inaport

Cost

Risk

Ease of Use

Support

Deployment

Speed

Data Quality

Monitoring

Connectivity

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• MySQL
• Loma Linda University Health Care
• BNSF Logistics
• U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
• Conclusion

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• MySQL
• Loma Linda University Health Care
• BNSF Logistics
• U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
• Conclusion

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Use Cases
MySQL

"We selected Pentaho for its ease-of-use. Pentaho addressed many of our
requirements -- from reporting and analysis to dashboards, OLAP and ETL,
and offered our business users the Excel-based access that they wanted."

Key Challenges
• Reporting and analysis of operational expenses by department and cost
center
• Multiple data sources including Microsoft Excel (for cost-center rollups)

Results
• Centralized view of spending by department
• Easy access to information from Excel

Why Pentaho
• Ease of use
• Breadth of solution

• Cost of ownership

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• MySQL
• Loma Linda University Health Care
• BNSF Logistics
• U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
• Conclusion

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Use Cases
Loma Linda University Health Care

"Pentaho Customer Support has been exceptional. This is a strategic


application at LLUHC, and working with Pentaho has accelerated our
deployment and improved our overall application delivery."

Key Challenges
• Providing analytics for billing and operations supporting 500,000 patients and
600 doctors
Results
• Comprehensive analysis of time periods, services provided, billing groups,
physicians
• Centralized, secured, consistent information delivery (versus prior Excel-
based system)
• Ability to drill and analyze down to the individual patient level

Why Pentaho
• Open standards support and ease of integration

• Cost of ownership

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• MySQL
• Loma Linda University Health Care
• BNSF Logistics
• U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
• Conclusion

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Use Cases
BNSF Logistics

"Using Pentaho for our business intelligence platform, along with the expert
support and knowledge provided by OpenBI, BNSF Logistics was able to
implement our initial data warehouse with web-based reporting and analytics
in just six weeks. Not only did we deliver a powerful business intelligence tool
set for our organization in short order, but were able to do so at a fraction of
the cost of proprietary alternatives."

Key Challenges
• Cumbersome, manual process for creation and distribution of reports

• Inconsistent data accuracy because of semi-automated preparation processes

Results
• Initial data warehouse with web-based reporting and analytics in 6 weeks

• 75% lower acquisition costs, 50% lower ongoing ownership costs compared to
proprietary BI
• Ability to monitor operational business health Why Pentaho
• Faster, better decisions in sales processes Open standards support and
ease of integration
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Cost of ownership
Table of Contents

• Introduction
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• MySQL
• Loma Linda University Health Care
• BNSF Logistics
• U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
• Conclusion

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Use Cases
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
"[Open technologies] reduce the cost of software development and they
reduce the time in which innovations in software can be incorporated in
systems. 'If the project is of a sufficient scale, you cannot get there without an
open-source approach,' said Dewey Houck, a senior engineer at Boeing, who
spoke at a conference last month about DOD's use of open source."
(Government Computer News, Jan. 2008)"

Key Challenges
• Analyzing flight data to reduce operational risk and improve training (human
error is a causal factor in 70% of aviation mishaps)
Results
• Ability to leverage recorded electronic sensor data to reduce risk and improve
crew performance
Why Pentaho
• Breadth of capabilities

• Proven success and large-scale referenceable deployments

• Successful proof-of-concept

• Dramatically lower costs


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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• What do ETL tools do?
• Why use an ETL tools?
• ETL tools
• Comparison
• Use Cases
• Conclusion

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Conclusion

• Informatica and Pentaho have very good products.

• Informatica has a far more extensive range of products, but compared to


Pentaho is very expensive.

• Pentaho has proved that it can handle small to large scale systems.

• Pentaho is gaining fast momentum with businesses that would not have
considered using open source products before.

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